Wild Arkansas

November 5, 2011

Leafy green blues

Filed under: food, health, organic greens, wellness — Tags: , , , , — WildArkansas @ 12:54 am

¬†Twenty-five years ago I read a health article from a popular woman’s magazine that told me if I ate leafy greens at least twice a week I would avoid the perils of premenstrual crabbiness.

I was a skeptic, but I tried it. The “experiment” began two weeks before menses. I ate bok choy, spinach, turnip greens and lots of lettuce. That time of the month came and went with no significance and that was the evidence.

My husband told me that since we had been married, he had not gotten through a month without having to deal with the mood changes. For him this was a remakable improvment, simply because there were no petty arguments escalating to talk of divorce.

Upon recall, I remembered feeling as if he was being a jerk simply because he watched a ball game.

But that was twenty-five years ago and times and the people have changed.

Today we have more incidence of food-related illnesses and food-related behaviors than we did back then. More people eat fast food and more children suffer from ADHD.

Children consume pizza and chicken McNuggets as regular diet staples and unfortunately suffer from that consumption. Diabetes, obesity and mood disorders are a result.

From my own experience, I know what I consume affects my moods and my health. After my juicing experiment I began eating a lot more leafy greens again. My diet consists of mostly vegetables and fruits, though I do eat some fish.

The before and after are remarkable, only in that they are graphic representations of the way I felt about the world around me.

Before: my diet consisted of whatever was in the house. When I shopped for food, I shopped for convenience. What would take less time to prepare? What can I pop in the microwave? Taste, comfort and convenience were the most important factors. I ate fruits or vegetables about once a week or when I foraged them.

Comfort included not dealing with other people. When I had to deal with other people I tried to make the experience as brief as possible.

Now: I deal with people daily because I also work as a customer service representative. Fortunately, today it’s not nearly as traumatic an experience as it was a month ago.

That sounds and feels like an extreme statement of fact, but in fact, it is true.

In the age of information it’s difficult to believe that people don’t know eating pizza or other fast food every night is not bad for them. Maybe it’s denial.

Listen to your mother. Leafy greens are good for you. Eat your vegetables. Eat fruit for dessert. I guarantee…Yes, I guarantee… You will be a happier, healthier person for it.





October 18, 2011

Food Inc. The film

Filed under: food, Monsanto — Tags: , , , , — WildArkansas @ 2:01 am

Please watch


October 14, 2008

Wild Edible Walk – Lowell

Filed under: Edible plants, foraging, herbs, Lowell — Tags: , , , , — WildArkansas @ 7:05 pm

Learn a little about foraging wild edibles and medicinal plants this weekend in Lowell.

We’ll be meeting at the Dandelion Garden homestead, so email for location info.

This Saturday, 1:30 pm

Email: maturehealth at yahoo_dot_com

October 10, 2008

Wild Arkansas: Mushroom Season

Filed under: Edible plants, foraging, mushrooms, Wildcrafting — Tags: , , , — WildArkansas @ 3:24 pm

Mushroom hunting lately?

It’s an exciting season in Arkansas and the Arkansas Mycological Society is almost always active during this season.

Here are a couple forays below:
Arkansas Mycological Society’s Jay Justice is leading a mushroom hunt at Woolly Hollow State Park, tomorrow (October 11 and again on Nov. 22), 10 am to 3 pm.

In the newsletter I receive the event will be cancelled if it rains.

Another foray will be at Lake Sylvia Rec area, Perry County on November 1st, 10 am to 3 pm. Weather permitting.

For all forays it is suggested that you bring a sack lunch.

If you choose to go mushroom hunting without an expert, remember that there are at least 100,000 species of fungi out there and approximately one percent are poisonous. Arkansas happens to have species from nearly every poisonous class.

Know without question the type of mushroom you have before taking a bite. Your first nibble could be your last.

October 3, 2008

Is Your Food Safe?

Filed under: Edible plants, gardening, health, nutrition — Tags: , , , , — WildArkansas @ 4:14 am

There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America, a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat. This documentary explores the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade. It also examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multi-national corporations seek to control the world’s food system.

September 14, 2008

Wild Arkansas: Free health food

Filed under: Edible plants, foraging, health, nutrition — Tags: , , , , , — WildArkansas @ 3:51 am

With the rising costs of groceries and incredibly higher prices of produce in Arkansas, there is little relief for struggling families wanting healthier diets.

Last year in one study by the American Dietetic Association, researchers found that healthier food really does cost more.

…junk foods not only cost less than fruits and vegetables, but junk food prices also are less likely to rise as a result of inflation.NY Times

Foragers, or wild food gatherers are hobbyists fighting the trend and winning. Not only do they find natural, healthy food, they find it free.

Online, foragers help each other identify and educate one another about the different varieties of edible plants available around the country; and this includes, berries, nuts, fresh greens and more.

Unfortunately, NW Arkansas has no such group. People are still going solo while foraging for wild food and though this is still enjoyable, it’s better to have a second or third opinion when attempting to identify wild edibles. Never eat a plant you are not sure of.

A few local plants can be found in plentiful supply and trim a bit off not only the grocery bill, but the waistline as well.

There are several different varieties of Rumex available in NW Arkansas. These are edible greens with high fiber and nutrient content.

Common Sorrel

The common sorrel or dock plant can be found virtually everywhere. It’s best to take the youngest leaves, because as the leaves age they also become a bitter. It can be boiled, stir fried or used in salads, just as spinach or any other green.

Curly dock (or yellow dock) is a common plant known as an invasive weed. The plant is high in oxalic acid and should be cooked in a few changes of water before consuming.

The plantago is another common weed, inconspicuous for the most part, but plentiful and quite tasty if you cook it right.

Watch Green Deane’s video about Plantago.

Once you start foraging, the activity becomes addictive. It’s a healthy addiction that not only cuts down on your food cost, but gets you out into the fresh air and if your lucky, allows you to interact with other members of the community.

August 22, 2008

Midlife nutrition–how important is it?

Filed under: health, nutrition — Tags: , , — WildArkansas @ 12:15 am

Food for midlife

We all need a little help now and then. Healthy eating at midlife is crucial for maintaining health. It’s time to start now, so put on the thinking cap and take a look at these articles.

Healthy Eating in Midlife, the experts speak to the editor at More.

Yes there are certain foods you can incorporate into the diet to make a healthier you.
Power foods and what they do.

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